I just have to post this because this is history in the mix. Perhaps no one else is reporting it this way but three African-Americans won last night in the BEST categories at the 2013 Tony Awards. They are:
WINNER: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
I first remember Cicely Tyson as she played in the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. It was such a memorable performance that I could never forget her.
“It’s been 30 years since I stood on stage,” Tyson said. “I really didn’t think it would happen again in my lifetime and I was pretty comfortable with that, except that I had this burning desire to do just one more. One more great role, I said. I didn’t want to be greedy. I just wanted one more, and it came to me with no effort on my part.”
“Please wrap it up, it says,” she said. “Well, that’s exactly what you did with me. You wrapped me up in your arms after 30 years and now I can go home with a Tony.”
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical
WINNER: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Porter’s family and friends had gathered in Pittsburg for a viewing party. Just before 10:30 p.m. Porter’s name was read, and they began to cheer and celebrate his accomplishment. There was clearly a very special relationship between Porter and his mother as he gave his acceptance speech. He talked about his mother and when it was all over, according to reports, there was not a dry eye in the house.
Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play
WINNER: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
The first Tony Award of the night went to Courtney B. Vance. His Tony was for best featured actor in a play. Vance, who had previously been nominated for Tonys for “Fences” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” won for playing a newspaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy.” Years ago he played the husband of the late Whitney Houston in “The Preacher’s Wife”. He dedicated his award to his mother. Vance is married to Angela Basset.